Aftab Ameen Poonawala, who allegedly killed his common-law partner Shraddha Walkar and chopped her body into pieces at their Delhi apartment, will appear in court today.
Delhi Police said it wanted to detain the 28-year-old for at least another week to complete the investigation and collect all evidence. He has been detained for five days.
Police have yet to find the weapon Aftab Poonawala used to slice his girlfriend into 35 pieces after strangling her to death on May 18.
While parts of her body were found in a forest in Mehrauli, near the couple’s flat in Chhatarpur, her severed head – which Aftab allegedly kept in a freezer for a few days – was missing.
Sources break down the evidence so far and what police are still looking for.
what does the police have
- Aftab’s confession
- Aftab bought a new refrigerator to store Shraddha’s body parts on May 19, the day after the murders. Police have statements and bills from the shop owner.
- A statement from the owner who sold Aftab a knife that police suspect may have been used for murder.
- Statement from Anil Singh, the doctor who stitched up the wound on Aftab’s arm.
- Parts found in the forest have been sent for forensic testing.
- Blood found in the kitchen has been sent for forensic analysis.
- Details of the transaction of Rs 54,000 withdrawn from Shraddha’s bank account by Aftab.
- Call logs and location data from your phone
- Testimony of Shraddha’s father, Vikas Walkar and statements of friends.
- Shraddha’s bag was found in Aftab’s apartment.
what is missing
- Knife or saw for cutting Shraddha’s body
- A part of her body was missing. Ten bags of body parts were found when police took Aftab into the forest on Tuesday.
- Clothes worn by Aftab and Shraddha on the day of the murder have not been found. Aftab told police he threw Shradar’s blood-stained clothes into a municipal garbage truck.
- Shraddha’s cell phone was not found.
Police have sought permission to conduct Narco tests on Aftab.
Police said it would take 15 days to determine whether body parts found in the forest belonged to Shraddha’s DNA test report.
Police are also examining security footage and are demanding details of the dating app Bumble, where Aftab and Shraddha met three years ago.
With no witnesses, the investigation into the murder of the six-month-old depends on forensic reports, call data and circumstantial evidence, the sources said.
Aftab told police that during the 18-day journey to the forest at 2 am, he disposed of Shraddha’s body parts one by one. No one saw him then.
Aftab allegedly killed Shirada after a pitched fight, three days after they moved into their flat in Chhatarpur, south of Delhi.
They left Mumbai in March after Shraddha had an argument with her family, who disapproved of her relationship with Aftab.
The murder was discovered after Shraddha’s friends said they had not heard from her for more than two months and her father filed a kidnapping report.
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